Our Real Celebrities

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Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because although she’s a drug addict and thief, she’s a starlet, which makes her a newsworthy “celebrity.”
Charlie Sheen, 45, also is all over the news although he too is a drug addict who makes near-psychotic rants on national TV. You would have been under a rock if you hadn’t heard about his antics because he too is newsworthy ’cause he too is a “celebrity.”
While…………….

  • Justin Allen, 23
  • Justus Bartelt, 27
  • Zachary Fisher, 24
  • Christopher Goeke, 23
  • Matthew Johnson, 21
  • Brandon King, 23
  • Brett Linley, 29
  • Jesse Reed, 26
  • Dave Santos, 21
  • Chase Stanley, 21
  • Sheldon Tate, 27
  • Matthew Weikert, 29

are all Marines who recently gave their lives for you. There is no media coverage for them; not even a mention of their names. [H/t beloved fellow Doc’s Wife]
Since our useless media won’t tell you about these heroes, Fellowship of the Minds will:
Justin B. Allen, 23, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died
July 18 in Zhari, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot by insurgents
while conducting combat operations.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
The 2005 Dawson-Bryant High School graduate played several sports, including football and baseball. His No. 11 Hornets uniform was among a number of pictures on display in the high school gymnasium. He enlisted in the Army in May 2006. “He was always smiling,” said Steve Easterling, Allen’s high school principal. “He was an all-around good kid.”
Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt died July 16, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 27, of Polo, Ill.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16 while supporting combat
operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Justus Bartelt was born on the Fourth of July and decided roughly a dozen
years later that he would to serve the country whose independence that day
celebrates.  He planned to join the military — a goal that was, like much of his
childhood, shared with his slightly younger cousin David.
“There wasn’t a street in town, a tree we didn’t climb, shoot paintballs from,” David Bartelt said. “There wasn’t a ditch we didn’t jump with our dirt bikes. There wasn’t any stone unturned.”
Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.  24, of Ballwin, Mo.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Spc. Chase Stanley.
Army 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke died July 13, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Apple Valley, Minn.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout and Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate.
Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Maplewood, Minn.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Chase Stanley and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Army Pfc. Brandon M. King died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 14 at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
Staff Sergeant Brett Linley, 29, died clearing ­explosives. A bomb disposal hero who saved hundreds of lives in Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban blast. He will be posthumously nominated for a bravery award after fearlessly defusing 100 bombs during his tour. Military chiefs hailed him as “the bravest of the brave”.
Staff Sergeant Linley was 29 and from Birmingham. He and his team were working to clear Improvised Explosive Devices from a vital route in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province when he was killed by an explosion.
Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 26, of Orefield, Pa.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Chase Stanley, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Marine Cpl. Dave M. Santos died July 16, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Rota, Marianas Islands of the Pacific; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Dave Santos joined the Marines after graduating in 2007 from Rota High School. His participation in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps inspired him to enlist in the military, his father, David, said. “He always wanted to be a Marine. He really, really wanted to be a Marine.”
Army Spc. Chase Stanley died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Napa, Calif.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Army Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate died July 13, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 27,
of Hinesville, Ga.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Also killed were 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke and Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout.
Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville was mortally wounded on Saturday, July 17, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army near Orgun, Afghanistan. He was born May 15, 1981 in Sioux City, IA, the son of Richard W. “Dick” and Susan B. Kiel Weikert.
Matthew was a member of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2000, a former member of the JHS soccer team, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2001 serving three tours in Iraq over four years. He later joined the U.S. Army serving with the 101st Airborne completing a tour in Iraq and was  deployed in Afghanistan.

Going home, going home,
I’m just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away-
I’ll be going home.
It’s not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
Work all done, laid aside,
Fear and grief no more.
Friends are there, waiting now.
He is waiting, too.
See His smile! See His hand!
He will lead me through.

~Eowyn

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  1. May these brave men rest in peace.

     
  2. lowtechgrannie

    How fitting that we honor these young warriors who sacrificed everything. My heart and prayers go out to their families. What a loss!

     
  3. Man-o-mighty, exc post. Sad.

     
  4. May they rest in peace and may God bless those left behind.

     
  5. I’m deeply saddened by the senseless, tragic deaths of these men who I’m sure could have lived valorous, productive lives but instead ch0se to put themselves into a situation where they died for a lie. They did not give their lives for me or any other American. They gave their lives for our government.
    Neither I nor any other American has, or will have, more freedom because of their deaths. The only winner of this or any other war is government; which grows it’s freedom at the expense of ours during war. In fact, government uses war for this very purpose. This is not one shred of evidence that any American’s freedom has been maintained or increased as a result of any war. War always reduces our freedoms and increases the freedom (power) of the government; it’s a zero sum game. It’s way past time for Americans to wake up to the reality of war and stop the killing and coincident loss of our freedoms.
    It’s commonly thought that soldiers give their lives during war to preserve our freedom. Because the truth is that war always diminishes our freedom, every soldier who tragically has died in war has died in vain. It’s way past time to wake up and face the unpleasant but true fact that soldiers are destined to die in vain.
    We must encourage young men (and women) to reconsider accepting an assignment that will only serve to increase government freedom (power) with the consequent result that we have less freedom. They must know that they are mistaken if they think that they are fighting to defend our freedoms. They must be face the fact that they will place themselves into situations where they could ultimately die in vain.

     
    • Then they should be supported in their resistance to the draft. The government only has the power over us that we allow it to take. It’s time to dispel the notion that the government has control over us rather than us having control over the government; which is what is implied by “consent of the governed.” We can, and should, withhold our consent.
      If young men and women refuse to go kill innocent human beings simply upon direction of the government, then the government will have no choice but to change it’s foreign policy from shoot first and ask questions later to socialize first, shoot later, if ever, and only if absolutely necessary. In other words the people who run the government will have to treat others just as they wish to be treated instead bullying others.
      This is the way is should be. This is the foreign policy of China and they’re beating us every way imaginable. If they want something they buy it; just like the huge investment they made in energy resources here in America recently. They don’t march in with the military and take it by force; killing if necessary. I’ve never seen an exemption for government from the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

       
    • So the soldiers that fought in WWII died in vain? Yeah, right. I’d be speaking German right now if they didn’t fight against that mad man.
      To say every soldier has died in vain is your personal opinion. Yet to those of us who lost loved ones in wars is an insult. For the Christians in Iraq now free to practice their religion, they might disagree.
      To say these men died for a lie is your right, because we are the free nation we are. Try publishing that comment in China or Cuba.
      “Socialize first”? No thank you.
      Thou shall not kill… Believe in that yet in war, you have a mission to complete and your life to protect.
      These men signed up to serve for their own personal reasons and knew of the consequences. They should be respected for their ultimate sacrifice & PERSONAL choice to serve.

       
  6. May God be with these poor lost valiant soldiers. We ask HIS protection for all of the young men and women in the Armed Services. We ask for comfort for those left behind.

     
    • And we should also ask for the protection of the innocent civilians whose homes and home country our Armed Services invade (for the commercial benefit of the Elite Power Brokers who are the government) and we should ask for comfort for those husbands, wives and children of the innocent people killed by our Armed Services left behind.

       
  7. Candance Moore

    It used to be that soldiers were the national celebrities. Of course, that was also back when children were given education instead of liberal brainwashing.

     
    • It was also back before the truth about wars surfaced thanks in part to freedom of speech enabled by the internet. I will never forget a statement I heard that is the absolute truth; “the truth always percolates up.” In other words, be sure your sins will find you out.
      The truth about war is percolating up and it’s not pretty. The wars Americans have been involved in over the past century plus were all unnecessary. Pat Buchanan has written a book on this topic about WWII, for example. The truth is that the Elite Power Brokers have manipulated American into wars for the purposes of obtaining commercial advantage and enhance their political power; with political power over the whole earth as the ultimate goal. Our young men and women are just objects used to achieve their objectives. That’s why they all die in vain. War is enlarge the freedom of the Elite Power Brokers at the expense (decline in) of our freedom.
      Now that the truth is coming out, respect for the military will decrease and recruitment of cannon fodder for the the military will become increasingly difficult. Christians should be first in line to declare that support for immoral, unjust killing of innocent human beings is contrary to God’s command, “Thou shalt not kill.” It’s a pity that America’s churches are the biggest supporters of the military. That’s why God’s judgment is being poured out on America as evidenced by its moral and financial bankruptcy. It’s time for repentance in the Church in America which is now nothing but a neutered and irrelevant institution. It’s time to do it God’s way and let His power move in our lives and witness.

       
  8. We owe our lives to their memories by standing for the Constitution of the USA. They did!
    Lets ensure we can move forward and educate our children with the best education according to our own needs……or the very word freedom will be redefined !

     
    • Evidence that our soldiers stand for the Constitution is hard to find. Evidence that they do as they are told, even if it’s unconstitutional and immoral is abundant.
      Soldiers do as they are told, not as the Constitution or the Bible dictate. Any soldier that does stand for the Constitution is crucified. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin was sentenced to 6 months in military prison and dismissed from the Army (just short of the needed 20 years for long term benefits) because he challenged the constitutionality of orders coming down from a President that may not be Constitutionally eligible. Also, soldiers are executing orders from the President to attack Libya that many consider are unconstitutional. It doesn’t matter, soldiers do what they are told they don’t stand for the Constitution.
      I’ll believe otherwise when Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is freed from prison and given back his years of service.

       
  9. Thank you Eowyn for posting this. I have added your blog to my blogroll so that we can further the cause and spread the word to even more like minded readers. God Bless each and everyone of our brave soldiers and their families.

     
    • Thank you, Mr. Roycroft, for adding Fellowship of the Minds to your Blogroll. Your blog, The Roycroft Report, in on our blogroll too!
      Keep up the good work!

       
  10. I appreciate the civil conversation here. Hopefully such conversation will lead people, and especially Christians, to deal with enemies as God commands in His Word. Even more hopefully, Christians will lead the way in demanding that government all people with respect and deal in love, not in evil, thereby eliminating the potential for development of enemies. That’s God’s way.
    We should be exporting Bibles, not bombs. We should be exporting missionaries, not soldiers. We should be exporting bulletins of freedom, not bullets. We should be treating foreigners as fellow human beings, not objects to be exploited or deserving of inhuman treatment.

     
    • When the foreign Muslims stop killing Christians and Americans, I still won’t consider being nice to them. Not every foreigner wants to be buddies…
      You want to talk about inhumane treatment and explotation? Check out how Muslims treat women and gay people.

       
    • Candance Moore

      You really think treating Muslims and communists with “respect” will cause them to no longer be our enemies?
      Sigh.

       
  11. Lord have mercy on the souls of these brave men. R.I.P.

     

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